‘Roseanne’ is getting an eight-episode revival with the original cast

Another day, another beloved sitcom from our youth returns. Deadline has announced that long-running ABC sitcom Roseanne is in the works to return for an 8-episode revival. The limited series will bring back the show’s creative team as well as stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and even Johnny Galecki, who will probably make a cameo due to his full-time gig on The Big Bang Theory. No word yet on which Becky is coming back for the new run (I’m voting for O.G. Becky, Sarah Chalke, over Becky #2, Alicia Goranson).

The seeds were planted for the return of the blue collar comedy by a recent skit the daytime ladies’ gab-fest The Talk, where panelist Sara Gilbert reunited with her TV Dad, John Goodman for a skit.

Oof. That was painful. But, when asked about the possibility of a reunion, John was enthusiastic, telling Talk host Julie Chen, “Oh, hell yes…if we could get everyone together.” He added that he and Roseanne, whom he calls “The Big R,” filmed a pilot “about five years ago that didn’t go anywhere…but we were very happy to work together.” Sara, when asked the same question, said she “would” participate in the show, but had some trepidation, stating, “Your only fear is you don’t want to do a bad version, because you don’t want to damage what’s been done.”

Roseanne ran for 9 seasons on ABC, from 1998 to 1997. The reboot is currently being shopped around, but Deadline says ABC is the “sentimental choice” as the network that will bring the Connor family back into our lives. As for the star of the show, Roseanne tweeted on Saturday that she would love to bring the show back.

In addition, Roseanne has addressed the elephant in the room, the death of Goodman’s character Dan in the shows finale, telling helpful fans that, “I’ve already written the scenes about Dan’s death-don’t send me me more suggestions, thnx!”

It doesn’t quite sound like a done deal, but is anyone else getting a teeny bit tired of all of these reboots? Was anyone looking for a return of Roseanne? Has Hollywood run out of ideas?

John Goodman and Sara Gilbert during an appearance on CBS's 'The Talk.'

John Goodman and Sara Gilbert during an appearance on CBS's 'The Talk.'

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  1. nemera34 says:

    I really enjoyed the show in its first few season. Rosanne looks good in the picture wearing the pearls. I don’t think anyone was looking for a reboot of any of these shows. But if they want to bring some back: I loved Frasier and Living Single. LOL

    • LadyMTL says:

      Roseanne S1-S4 (roughly) was great, it was easily one of my favorite shows on TV at the time. I am on the fence about a reboot, because a part of me would love to see the characters today, in today’s society with today’s problems and etc. Unless they stick with the “they won the lottery” plot from the last season, in which case, nope.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I would love to see this if they did it as if it was a lower-middle class family in today’s time and just pretend all those terrible ‘won the lottery’ seasons never happened!!!

        I am here for this!!!!

  2. justcrimmles says:

    Leci Goranson was og Becky, not Sarah Chalke.

    • Sunshine says:

      Thank you! I’d be so upset if Sarah Chalke was the one to come back as Becky.

      • Beth says:

        I never thought Sarah Chalke fit in as Becky. Totally wrong. Original Becky should definitely be used if they do this

      • Desi says:

        Chalke was terrible. Overacting aside, she had a really noticeable Canadian accent.

    • Bettyrose says:

      IKR? Sarah Chalke never captured Becky’s sullenness. I hope they get Lecy Goranson and I hope Becky finished college.

    • Dolkite says:

      I had such a crush on her as a kid. Such a pretty smile.

    • Thank you! If they do a reboot I hope it’s Lecy Goranson too. Sarah was ok but Lecy was just a better Becky. And the finale also revealed they never won the lottery so of course they wouldn’t have any money left!

    • aenflex says:

      Goranson all the way. SHE was the OG.

  3. EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

    I loved Roseanne in its day, but I don’t think I could stomach watching a reunion now that Roseanne is a batsh*t Trump supporter.

    • sendepause says:

      Same. I used to love the show in the 90s but I kinda don´t want Roseanne’s “new political climate” jokes about how awesome Captain Orange is and how terrible Muslims and/or immigrants now.

  4. Jess says:

    I love Sarah Chalke but she was replacement Becky, not OG! If I remember correctly:) I loved this show so much! “The jig is up” is still one of the best scenes!

  5. RussianBlueCat says:

    I think it all comes down to money in many ways. With a reboot, the producers have a even chance of making money from fans of the show and also new viewers( if the writing is good) . Examples like Gilmore Girls and also the recent Disney live action remake Beauty and the Beast. With a new show it is a bigger risk particularly if you are starting off with no well known actors. That is a big reason reality television has overtaken the industry in Hollywood. Cheap to produce

  6. Scal says:

    Sarah chalke was Becky 2.0. Goranson was Becky season 1-5, chalke played her season 6-7, goranson came back for season 8, and then Chalke played her season 9.

    They did a entire episode about how no one noticed which just makes me laugh.

    • Jess says:

      “They say she’s the same but she’s not the same”. Lol

    • sendepause says:

      But there was a 4th wall breaking moment at one point when Roseanne asked Becky if she was glad to be back for the Disneyland/Disneyworld (?) episodes.

  7. Roseanne is problematic. The show was great though, so anti-Cosby Show at the time. Will DJ be less weird? Meh for the reboot.

  8. Froggy says:

    I was a huge Roseanne show fan but couldn’t watch the last season. The whole lottery win was awful.

  9. Kate says:

    It will please Chris Pratt.

  10. Shambles says:

    Just make new goddamned shows. I understand nostalgia, but that’s why you watch the old episodes. We need to stop rebooting and remaking. I’m done with it.

  11. Nev says:

    Adore Roseanne.

  12. third ginger says:

    I always said that the luckiest day in Roseanne’s career was the day the show cast the wonderful John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf.

    • Blessedinboston says:

      I so agree! Laurie Metcalf was incredible on that show! John was good too but Laurie was right up there with Roseanne. If she left the show at any point it wouldn’t have been the same. I really didn’t watch the whole lottery debacle /hot mess season either.

  13. Alix says:

    Sara Gilbert should grab the paycheck while she can — she’s a legitimately awful actress, capable only of playing variations of her own surly personality.

    I didn’t know Roseanne has completely lost her mind and become a Drumpf supporter — yecccch.

    • Jegede says:

      Sara Gilbert was apparently also mean to Sarah Chalke in real life.

      I love that Chalke went on to have a successful comedic career; while Gilbert meandred in D movies and pilot shows, for years till a talk show rescued her.

  14. SusanneToo says:

    No. Thank you, no.

  15. Abbess Tansy says:

    Hi Corey, I think the first year on Roseanne’s original run should be 1988.

  16. robyn says:

    A fascinating idea but very much depending on how it’s handled. Roseanne has apparently transformed into quite the raging racist in real life. Some of her tweets and/or retweets about the Obamas seem to border on White Supremacy KKK stuff. On one hand, I don’t like to see her face at all anymore but on the other I can see an “Archie Bunker” treatment could expose the inner workings of some Trump voters. Maybe they can write her out of the the show. The rest of the cast would do a pretty amazing job on their own.

  17. eggyweggs says:

    After the 2016 (U.S.) election results, I re-watched a bunch of “Roseanne” episodes on Netflix. I was surprised by how still-relevant a lot of the earlier seasons were. Why not promote the old series more heavily? Re-release it on a box set. Include new interviews with cast members and writers.

  18. Sassback says:

    I think they’re confused because they switched back and forth. It was Laci Goransen, then Sarah Chalke, then back to Goransen, then to Chalke again. I remember Chalke way better for some reason, she may have had a better screen presence.

  19. Fanny says:

    I would love a reboot if they brought back Chuck Lorre or Tom Arnold. The show was at its best when they were on the creative team.

    If it’s Roseanne running the show, it will be more lottery-style episodes, if not worse. She’s even more crazy now.

  20. S says:

    I grew up with Roseanne, and remain a huge fan. It’s my comfort-food television (no fat joke intended), where I’ve seen many episodes in syndication and originally enough times that I can often recite the next line before its said. To this day, I find it relaxing and what I watch when things are dark or simply overwhelming in my life. (It was a favorite during the up-all-night, no-sleep days with all three of my babies.) It’s a classic of the sitcom genre for a reason. Smart, funny and definitely of its time. It was also a remarkable factory for development of some of our greatest writers and directors in the industry today, namely Joss Wheedon, and Amy Sherman & Dan Palladino, all of whom got their start there. Even Carrie Fisher wrote for the show at one point. As did Chuck Lorre, whom I definitely don’t think is the genius the others are, but is certainly now an influential TV persona.

    Anyway, Roseanne was really good when Roseanne Barr herself was just a PART of the show. One of the voices. The more control she got, the worse the show became — ABC gave her free reign the entire last season and look what happened there — so I can’t say I have high hopes for any sort of reboot to be actually, you know, watchable, as I think Roseanne herself has only drifted further and further into gentle kook territory since the series concluded.

  21. Aysla says:

    Isn’t Roseanne batshit crazy now? Hard pass. Rethink this, John Goodman. Stay away from that mess!

    • Dolkite says:

      Hasn’t she been for years? Didn’t she say she had multiple personality disorder or something like that?

  22. Sandy says:

    I love the show, but its original run was far too long as it was. No need for more episodes.

  23. Scooch says:

    I bought the complete series and could only make it up to season 5. I literally threw seasons 6-9 in the trash. Most good series only last up to season 5 anyway.

  24. Lyla says:

    I never watched the show. Was before my time. But considering how she’s a big time trump supporter, I’ll pass thank you very much.

  25. pinetree13 says:

    I commented above but now having read to the bottom I’m ….concerned. I assumed she meant the political climate was ripe for jokes ABOUT trump. I mean surely if they want ratings she’d jump on that band-wagon. I didn’t know about her seeming racist on twitter. Very disappointing. Especially since they had those episodes about race (like when DJ didn’t want to kiss the black girl).

  26. kimbers says:

    Didnt they say in the finale that Jackie was gay, the grandma wasnt, Darlene was with mark and becky was really with david…while dan was dead from a heart attack? Wonder what the plot will be for the 8 eps and if they still have lottery money left?

  27. Pandy says:

    Never liked the show. So definitely will not watch a reboot.

  28. olcranky says:

    I wonder if they’ll just have Becky (or Darlene since, in the finale I thought she revealed that Darlene married Mark, not Becky) divorced from Mark since Glen Quinn died?

  29. Tanya says:

    How can they have a revival when Dan Connor died? That makes no sense. Besides, Roseanne’s wack-a-do ways turns my stomach. I’ll pass.